House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is looking to stall articles of impeachment from getting into the hands of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell until her lofty demands are met.
But President Donald Trump is not having any of it.
On Thursday night, the president tweeted out that he wants “an immediate trial” now that the Democrats “want out,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“So after the Democrats gave me no Due Process in the House, no lawyers, no witnesses, no nothing, they now want to tell the Senate how to run their trial,” Trump wrote. “Actually, they have zero proof of anything, they will never even show up. They want out. I want an immediate trial!”
So after the Democrats gave me no Due Process in the House, no lawyers, no witnesses, no nothing, they now want to tell the Senate how to run their trial. Actually, they have zero proof of anything, they will never even show up. They want out. I want an immediate trial!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2019
Pelosi said the prospective Senate trial doesn’t look “fair” to her and her Democrat colleagues in the House.
“We cannot name managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side,” Pelosi said on Wednesday after the impeachment vote. “So far, we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us. We are hoping it will be fairer, and when we see that, we’ll appoint managers.”
The process of stalling articles of impeachment could go on indefinitely, as long as they aren’t handed to the Senate to act on.
White House lawyers are looking to see if the president has even been impeached, as the Senate is the one who has the final word. Additionally, Trump’s legal team is investigating whether Pelosi’s stall tactics may nullify the impeachment entirely.
“The White House legal theory, according to a person familiar with the legal review, is that if Trump has been officially impeached, the U.S. Senate should already have jurisdiction,” Bloomberg reported. “Backers of the theory would argue that the clause of the U.S. Constitution that gives the Senate ‘the sole Power to try all Impeachments; indicates that the impeachment isn’t formalized until the House reported the charges to the upper chamber.”
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